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EAU CLAIRE — Car seat safety isn’t child’s play. It’s crucial for protecting your child during travel, but knowing how to safely install a car seat and buckle up your child as he or she grows can be difficult.
Community members can contact the following organizations to schedule a free car seat safety check by certified staff members:
• Chippewa Valley Safe Kids: 715-717-4481
• Dunn County Public Health Department: 715-232-2388
• Eau Claire Police Department: 715-839-4994
• Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire: 715-838-3180
• Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland: 715-537-6747
• Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar: 715-233-7237
• Riversource Family Center: 715-720-1841
Follow these important car seat safety tips:
• Children always are safest in a back seat, regardless of age.
• Keep babies rear-facing in a convertible seat until they reach age 2 and the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer.
• Once a child is 4 or older and at least 40 pounds, he or she can move to a booster seat.
• Once a child is 8 or older and at least 80 pounds and 57 inches tall, he or she can begin using a regular seat belt.
• Car seats should not move more than 1 inch side to side or front to back.
• Never use a car seat beyond its expiration date.
• Never use a car seat that’s been in a crash or that you don’t know its history.
• Never put a rear-facing car seat in front of an active air bag.